Stand out on KahootsHQ

So you’ve finally joined KahootsHQ (good decision!) and you’re excited to start a) looking to showcase your abilities and find relevant work or b) promoting a project and scouting talent. It goes without saying that for this, you really need to create a stellar profile – descriptive, enticing, and exciting. It’s the same reason you put time into creating your resume — you want to attract interest. There is a huge and diverse talent pool at KahootsHQ and you want to make sure you attract the right and relevant kind of people. Here are some definite tips you should think about when filling out your profile page!

Creating an Awesome Profile Page

1. Use a professional, high resolution photo. Subconsciously or not, we do make judgements based on appearances! You want your photo to project a professional and capable image. A smiling headshot is great — but avoid grainy, highly-filtered selfies.
2. Include a link to your LinkedIn. LinkedIn serves as your resume here. This allows entrepreneurs who are looking for team members to check what sort of experience you have under your belt, and where your specialty lies. And if you have a great LinkedIn profile, it boosts your credibility.
3. Include a link to your Twitter. Social media and social connectedness is everything! If you have large Twitter following or interact with interesting or relevant content, that’s wonderful to see. This is also a platform that people notice because you can share projects and links to your work to get more eyes on it.
4. Add detailed skills to help people understand your expertise better. There are so many different skillsets on Kahoots, and so many projects that are looking for different things. The more skills you add, the more specific others will be able to pin you down (and, well, the more skilled you’ll seem!). If you’re a graphic designer, some specific skills could be logo design, print design, photoshop and illustrator, etc.

Creating an Enticing Project Page

1. Break down your description into easily digestible bits. No job seeker one wants to read through a billion long descriptions. If your description is too wordy, people will skip it. Have a concise intro, then some point form details about the role are perfect. Then you can delve deeper in a second paragraph.
2. Have a photo. Having a photo with your logo or a mockup of some sort makes your project look a lot more credible. Further, people are going to be drawn to the project pages that look good in the thumbnails first, so you’ll have more clicks on your page, and therefore a wider audience.
3. Include a “What’s in it for you!” section. This is everyone’s favourite part! You need to show the potential team members why they want to join your project — why it’s worth their time. Do you have perks, like free coffee? A great reference? An honorarium? Whatever it is, make sure to write it all down to entice all the best talent to reach out to you.
Lastly, a good general tip is to fill out your page as completely as possible. Every field there has a purpose, so take advantage of it! Good luck!

Elizabeth Ching - KahootsHQElizabeth Ching | Guest Writer

Elizabeth is a spirited reader and writer, with an insatiable curiosity for technology and innovation. She enjoys blogging, tweeting, and slowly making her mark in the digital space.

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3 Tips for Protecting Your Website

You have a certain skill set, which has brought you to where you are now — on the way to launching your breakthrough new business. Your skills, however, likely won’t include everything you need (except if you happen to be a genius, which is cool too). Somewhere along the way, you’re going to find you need to outsource talent, to find someone who can help in areas where you’re not quite as strong in. Now, that might be in marketing, finance, or writing — but today, we’re going to be focussing on developing your website.

Developers hold a lot of power — they literally have the power to change anything and everything on your website. So in order to protect your baby (and lessen worry), here are some things you can do to hedge your risks and protect your hard work.

1. Create an email just for your new website and its development.

This ensures that everything to do with your website is in one spot. It won’t be jumbled with the emails pertaining to other aspects of your business, and you can easily find what you want. After you’ve got that, use it as the primary email when setting up your website. Make yourself “administrator” and your developer “collaborator”. For Github, check it out here and Heroku here. That way you always have the final say!

2. Create an IP agreement with your developer

An intellectual property (IP) agreement, even if you don’t have the money to enforce (and most of us don’t, that’s okay!), it’s still worth establishing. It does say that you mean business and clearly lays out the dos and don’ts of the employment relationship. Make sure to include a line saying that at the end of the work relationship, they’ll hand over all the code and work property. Here is an example you can use for reference, (note: KahootsHQ, does not accept liability for any errors or omission in the contents of this document or which arise from it’s use).

3. Download a copy of the code and database

Try to do this weekly, or on some sort of regular basis. You definitely want a copy of your website, after all! If you’re using Github, this is super simple to configure. Just go to the repository you want to download, and on the right side-bar menu you will find a “Download ZIP” button. (Don’t forget to title the download with that day’s date!) Here’s how for reference.

And there you have it! Now, we’re not trying to point a sign reading “BE WARY OF ALL DEVELOPERS!” It’s just that sometimes when we haven’t shared our vision clearly or if there’s some sort of communication issue, things might not turn out the way you’d thought. Ensuring you’ve covered your basis during the initial website setup will help you keep calm during times of turmoil knowing your hard work and time is not at risk.

So there you have it! If you have any other tips, feel free to drop us a tweet!


Elizabeth Ching - KahootsHQElizabeth Ching | Guest Writer

Elizabeth is a spirited reader and writer, with an insatiable curiosity for technology and innovation. She enjoys blogging, tweeting, and slowly making her mark in the digital space.

Connecting Through Kahoots – How Two Entrepreneurs Built Their Startup Team

KahootsHQ provides the space to link young talents with relevant people and projects. It’s a platform dedicated to connecting, creating, and growing — and it’s bursting with potential. This is where you find your team members, and the people who are going to bring your idea into fruition.

This is a KahootsHQ success story.


Jon Donais was just finishing up his master’s degree in computer sciences at Windsor University. He had this idea for an app for teachers. He met Samantha Burton, another master’s student in computer science in class, and they joined forces to develop it.

At this point, Jon had made a profile up on KahootsHQ, connected with another member and began working on a project of theirs. Unfortunately, after about a month, things didn’t really take shape and their project wasn’t working out. He was about to take his profile off of KahootsHQ.

Enter Steve Hann — he had an idea, quite different from that of Jon and Samantha’s. His idea was a food delivery app with a unique twist, but he was in search of a developer. He’d tried countless sites but wasn’t clicking with their members. Two months went by with no luck. Then he posted his project, BringMeFood, on KahootsHQ, and quickly found Jon.

BringMeFood, a startup currently undergoing a name change, offers third party delivery services for students at Brock University. The best part about their story? 

Their success came after they built the right like-minded team with KahootsHQ. This is a Kahoots success story. Kahoots provides the space to link young talents with relevant people and projects. It’s a platform dedicated to connecting, creating, and growing — and it’s bursting with potential. This is where you find your team members, and the people who are going to bring your idea into fruition. 

Jon, Samantha, and Steve compared the business models of their two ideas, and decided that at the moment, BringMeFood had the most potential.

The Brock Delivery team taking quick break from strategic planning. (From left, Steve, Samantha, Jon)
The Brock Delivery team taking a quick break from strategic planning. (From left, Steve, Samantha, Jon)

They’re now in the process of incorporating their business, designing a dynamic vesting agreement to split equity, and are going to draft their shareholders agreement next month. What was once an idea is now a reality.

This is a story of waiting, of trial and error, of having to put one’s own idea on hold — but also of finding the right people and team building, of working together, and of ultimate success.

Will your story be next? Stay tuned, Kahooties!


Elizabeth Ching - KahootsHQElizabeth Ching | Guest Writer

Elizabeth is a spirited reader and writer, with an insatiable curiosity for technology and innovation. She enjoys blogging, tweeting, and slowly making her mark in the digital space.

Win Your Startup Funding in 2015

Startup Contests in 2015

If you are the owner of a startup who’s cash flow isn’t yet in the positive, you have likely turned to bootstrapping to keep your company afloat. We know it is tough, we’ve been there too. That’s why we have put together this list of startup contests.

Put your idea to the test with these low risk, high reward opportunities and take a crack at some really great prizes. Here are just a few Canadian and American competitions to get you started. Get pitching experience, test out your business model, and gain valuable feedback from some top notch mentors.

1. Mastercard Women In Entrepreneurship (Runs March to April)

  • Open to female entrepreneurs who are the current founder, co-founder or CEO of a startup.
  • Six winners awarded $10,000 worth of prizes. A $5,000 pre-paid MasterCard and admission to the DMZ.

The $60,000 program will fuel the success of six women-led startups through cash prizes and placement at the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University (DMZ), the top-ranked university-based incubator in Canada and one of the largest co-working spaces for entrepreneurs.

2. USASBE Launch! (Runs November to March)

  • This is a FOUR STAGE competition, drop-in to any stage before its deadline.
    • 1. Launch’s Top Idea Ninja
    • 2. Launch’s Best Business Model
    • 3. Launch’s Best Crowdfunding Campaign
    • 4. Launch’s Big Traction Challenge
  • Presented by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, but open to students from any school, discipline, and country.
  • Students can win coaching from some of the world’s best entrepreneurship mentors and coaches, valuable prize packages, and considerable bragging rights!

The goal is to provoke and reward students from any discipline for great ideas, beautiful business models, and evidence of traction. Oh ya, and it’s FREE!

3. The Next Big Idea in Sport Competition (Runs February to May)

  • Open to Canadian Startups solving sport and sport industry problems through innovative applications of technology.
  • Up to 10 companies will receive four months of incubation at the DMZ.
  • At the end of the incubation period, the top three startups — as selected by a panel of judges — will receive cash prizes of $50,000, $30,000 and $20,000.

The Next Big Idea in Sport competition will encourage and support startup companies to explore innovation opportunities within the sports industry, ranging from the use of biometric wearable sensors for the collection and analysis of in-game data, to delivering unprecedented fan experiences, to advancing the business of sport management, to driving social innovation — and more.

4. The Hult Prize (Runs March to May)

  • Open to MBA candidates and college students looking to pursue startups with a focus on social good.
  • Competition involves four stages, including the “Hult Accelerator,” a six-week program during which finalists attend intensive entrepreneurial seminars.
  • A chance to win the top prize of $1,000,000.

The online edition of the Hult Prize serves as a wildcard round, granting the winning team a coveted spot in the Hult Prize Accelerator and Global Finals – joining the regional champions from Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. 

Finding startup capital is one of the most common roadblocks to getting your project up and running. Competitions are one of the quickest ways to get that small chunk of change you need to help you take the first big step in launching your project. Best of all- they happen all the time.


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Allison Rhodes | Director of Creative Innovation at KahootsHQ

Allison is a graduate of the Entrepreneurship program at Ryerson University, is a Masters of Digital Media candidate and one of the co-founders of KahootsHQ.com.

Your Northern Entrepreneurs: 10 Canadian Startup Facts

Canada is home to many first-rate entrepreneurial ideas. Poutine, a treasured classic, is a culinary masterpiece of cheese curds, gravy and fries. The snowmobile, snowblower and ice hockey are clearly Canadian inventions born out of necessity. The most recent cult favourite is the Canada Goose jacket which helps you stay warm in below zero temperatures while simultaneously remaining in fashion. These ideas are all uniquely Canadian, but the majority of ideas are not so obviously Canadian. What then makes entrepreneurship in Canada distinctly, well… Canadian?

To help answer this question I am looking at Canadian Entrepreneurship, an article, which lists 10 stats about entrepreneurs in Canada that may help explain our northern entrepreneurial landscape.

1) Every year in Canada, an average of 130,000 new small businesses are created – but only 35% survive five years.

2) Small businesses account for between 60 and 80% of all jobs created in Canada.

3) Ninety-eight percent of Canadian businesses have fewer than 100 employees, 55% have fewer than four, and 75% of all businesses in the country have fewer than 10.

4) On average, small businesses with fewer than 100 employees contribute about 51% to Canada’s GDP.

5) There are over 900,000 female entrepreneurs in Canada, making up a larger share of the self-employed than in any other country.

6) Over 40% of Canadians say that starting a company or being self-employed would be the most rewarding career path for them.

7) Almost 60% of all small business owners in Canada consider themselves “lifestyle entrepreneurs” who use their business as a means of generating income to support other commitments or lifestyle choices.

8) The number of immigrants active in starting or running a company is some 60% higher compared to first- or second-generation Canadians.

9) Canadian small and medium enterprises invest in Research and Development (R&D) proportionally on a greater scale than big corporations.

10) Studies show that entrepreneurs with education in entrepreneurship, or previous entrepreneurship experience, have an 80–90% chance of success with a new business.

So now you have a better understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape in Canada. What does a Canadian entrepreneur look like to you? Because, let’s be honest, when I picture an entrepreneur, I see jeans and a plaid shirt. And if the founder started apologizing, you would definitely know that I was envisioning a Canadian entrepreneur.


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Allison Rhodes | Director of Creative Innovation at KahootsHQ

Allison is a graduate of the Entrepreneurship program at Ryerson University, is a Masters of Digital Media candidate and one of the co-founders of KahootsHQ.com.

6 Productivity Hacking Tools for the Entrepreneur

This week we have a few tips to help all of the entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and startups out there. This is a short list of the tools that our startups use, or we use ourselves. A few of these tools help increase your social reach, while the others can help with productivity.

Check out our list of some of our favourite tools, and let us know what your favourites are.

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Social HP – Become A Social Media Champion

Killer analytics show you who your most influential brand ambassadors are. SocialHP is proven to increase customer retention, referrals, and revenue. Here at KahootsHQ, we use Social HP to help increase our reach by turning our employees and users into brand ambassadors. Social HP makes spreading our messages via social media easy and seamless. https://www.socialhp.com/

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Slack – For Better Team Communication

Another team favourite. Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams. At KahootsHQ we use Slack for flawless communication between our team members. We can chat when sitting at our desk or on the go with our smartphones. We use it to send images, videos, and GoogleDrive files. It lets you set up channels to organize conversation. We have a channel for development, one for marketing, and one for jokes to remind us to have fun throughout the day. Archiving your messages leaves no room for communication issues and saves your team plenty of time. Better yet, it’s FREE. https://slack.com/

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FeedBurner – For Better Team Communication

Google FeedBurner lets you stay on top of the latest from your favorite websites, blogs, and podcasts. It is also a tool that allows others to keep up with all of your latest blog posts. Feedburner allows your viewers to subscribe to your RSS feed, basically notifying them by email every time you post a new blog post.  Price: FREE! feedburner.google.com/

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TweetBeam – Showcase Your Live Twitter Feed

Are you running an event or Twitter talk? TweetBeam is a unique visualization of live Twitter updates. Capture the feeling of an event with a TweetBeam Twitter Wall. The interface is easy to use and visually stimulating. Engage your audience and get your hashtag trending at your next event. http://www.tweetbeam.com/

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BaseCamp – Project Management Software for Your Team

Basecamp makes it easy for people in different roles with different responsibilities to communicate and work together. It’s a place to share files, have discussions and collaborate on your projects. https://basecamp.com/

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KahootsHQ – Team Building for Students, Entrepreneurs and Startups

KahootsHQ helps passionate people build project and start-up teams. Post a project and find team members, collaborators, and co-founders who want to join the cause! With a growing network, KahootsHQ will help you find talented individuals in whatever field you need, who are passionate about your project. Feel free to contact us directly at info@kahootshq.com or checkout our website. http://kahootshq.com/


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Allison Rhodes | Director of Creative Innovation at KahootsHQ

Allison is a graduate of the Entrepreneurship program at Ryerson University, is a Masters of Digital Media candidate and one of the co-founders of KahootsHQ.com.

Inspirational Quotes for the Entrepreneur in the New Year

Inspirational Quotes for 2015

As an entrepreneur, ringing in the new year means ringing in new goals. From student entrepreneurs to startups, everyone can use a bit of help and motivation when reaching for their goals in 2015. To help with the encouragement this time of year, we put together a list of our favourite inspirational quotes.

Share these quotes. You can find the ones we love the most on our Instagram page @KahootsHQ.

Here are twenty of our favourite startup quotes.

1) “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – Unknown

2) “Entrepreneurship is a team sport, don’t go it alone.” – KahootsHQ

3) “Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” – Anthony Volodkin

4) “Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

5) “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of yours.” – Unknown

6) “Stop saying I wish, start saying I will.” – Unknown

7) “Don’t follow your dreams, chase them.” – KahootsHQ

8) “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney Company

9) “When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

10) “Whenever you fall pick something up.” – Oswald Avery

11) “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

12) “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

13) “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

14) “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

15) “You’re already poor as an entrepreneur, don’t be lonely too.” – KahootsHQ

16) “The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” – Maya Angelou

17) “I just want you to know that you’re very special… and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.” – Stephen Chbosky

18) “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” – Dr. Seuss

19) “When life is tough, remember you are tougher.” – Unknown

20) “Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” – Ryan Freitas

Share the motivation with your community!


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Allison Rhodes | Director of Creative Innovation at KahootsHQ

Allison is a graduate of the Entrepreneurship program at Ryerson University, is a Masters of Digital Media candidate and one of the cofounders of KahootsHQ.com.